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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/18/2010

Catholic Charities: An example for us all?

By editors

By Bill Coe

It is my opinion that D.C.'s Catholic Charities does in fact show some sense when it denies job benefits to all employees’ spouses in order not to provide them for any gay spouses. While I deplore the bias that led it to this action, Catholic Charities must be recognized for applying the results equally to all. Its example is instructive.

For many of us, arguments over gay marriage don’t rest on the nature of the institution itself — the “sanctity” of marriage or any of its other fine qualities — but rather on the fact that our laws confer civil rights and benefits to married people, which should be available (or not) to everyone.

If opponents of same-sex marriage want to be taken seriously, they should emulate Catholic Charities and work toward denying these rights to all married people, not just the gay ones. This would remove the issue from the public square and, it seems to me, is the only Christian way to practice bigotry.

By editors  | March 18, 2010; 10:29 AM ET
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is the only Christian way to practice bigotry.

Well put!

Posted by: claudiahowardfha | March 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Oddly enough I agree. I think it is very consistent to deny benefits to all if you want to target a specific group.

Posted by: cashink2003 | March 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The last sentence of this article shows the bigotry and hate of the author.

Posted by: ChasR | March 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Bill rather than bashing Catholics do some research, check out how other religions treat homosexuality, same sex married
even inter faith marriage. This will help you to be less Anti-Catholic.

Posted by: puchar | March 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Puchar, in the face of ongoing revelations of the extent of the sexual abuse horrors within the Catholic church and the concerted efforts from the very top to hide them, not to mention the depths of its corruption and hypocrisy, there is NOTHING in this world (or the next) that could make me less anti-Catholic.

Posted by: Orsalia | March 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I feel for the most part the Catholic Church has been open about its disapproval of gay marriage and gays in general. It's a little bit more acceptable for them to punish the whole in order to get at the minority. They have played a more passive role in the forcing of anti-gay legislation by making large donation. Two weeks ago a Catholic school expelled 2 students because their mother was a lesbian. The school has children of unwed mothers, different faiths, and divorced parents. So the Catholic church believes not all sin is equal and it's OK to pick and choose which class of citizens to discriminate against.

Posted by: ciretower39 | March 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Orsalia you were anti- Catholic before this I am sure. To repeat check out abuses by other religions like mass murder Hindus. Stoning women killing children.

Posted by: puchar | March 19, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Yes. All or none.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 19, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Wait. You're asking Roman Catholics to be coherent and consistent?

Posted by: SydneyP | March 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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